A DESIGNER'S STYLE: CALMING AND SERENE STAIRWAY

INTERIOR DESIGNER: Kimberly C. Lyons

ENHANCED AREA: Stairway

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: My home’s style says a lot about who I am, and therefore, the design is always an honest and accurate reflection of who occupies the space.


When it comes to using subtle, intricate details to make a dominant statement, OMG – I am all game! I mean, I am a chick who appreciates and admires aesthetically pleasing interiors. So, standing afar to catch a view of my well-designed rooms is a bonus. With that said, it does not matter which living area that I am walking towards; a beautiful view is always transcending. However, I must reveal one of my favorite morning rituals before I hop out of bed. I admit, sometimes I might be a little lazy on the weekend. If I decide to stay snuggly wuggly in bed a tad bit longer than usual, I get to enjoy the fantastic view of my stairway from my bedroom. Yikes, I find myself realizing the smile on my face is crazy big!

Moreover, when I emphasize that a home should have objects that bring happiness, this is a perfect example of why I wake up and smile because the view of my unique Buddha heads leading down my stairway makes me extremely happy!

Before building our house, I knew without a shadow of a doubt that there was going to be a stairway because I am obsessed with stairs. I have always been fascinated with structures that feature architectural details. Also, I knew that when I decided to design the space – it had to reflect who I am and objects that define my style. I took into consideration that I would be up and down a lot. Therefore, when it came to the interior wall, which is tall as far as height, I knew that I was going to do something over-the-top and time-consuming. So, I decided to incorporate three different paint colors. I made sure that some of the paint continually dripped and dried in place. I call it my signature drip technique. I enjoyed seeing the decorative coatings intertwine to create something unique. I must say that it turned out amazingly beautiful!

When designing this small area, it did not require a lot. I needed to make sure there was enough character, and it had to become a significant part of my overall home. When I take my stroll either up, down, or just standing at the top or bottom, I get a chance to see the different elements that make this area calm and serene. Most of all, I see a reflection of myself, Kimberly – a designer’s style.

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Photo 1: Wall features a decorative coating, which consists of 3 colors. The handrail has the same texture as the wall. The over-sized Buddha heads are in place to create drama with extra detail beneath from simple circular decorative object.

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Photo 3: The banister has a beautiful texture done with plaster and bright white paint.

IMAGES: Images taken by Apollos Bow Photography and are the sole property of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC.

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio), and the Principal Designer. She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to partake of what is known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges, that she is recognized as a rare breed while splashing her signature touch when designing, which is considered extremely fun and exciting! However, besides being incredibly obsessed with extreme bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and the motivating phrase – “I dare you,” this overcharged and crazed interior designer lives for going outside the box and is not afraid to break irrelevant design rules. Her extraordinary obsessed passion for interior design comes from a deeply rooted philosophy, which is designing from within; from the soul, and it is always about living, breathing, and loving interior design!

Kimberly is addicted to chocolate, obsessed shopaholic, laughs hysterically just because, global traveler, football-crazed chick, head-over-heels in love with modernism, and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

Lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.

SIMPLE ROOM DESIGN: DEFINED FOCAL WALL

When dealing with clients who are opposed to having all the interior walls within their space painted, the decision to define a dominant focal wall can be just as explosive. With this design project, the client was not comfortable with painting all the walls in her family room, but she knew that she wanted to make a statement with color. Even though I get overly excited just by the thought of painting with this exceptional finish, at the end of the day, it is always about what the client envisions for their home. With that said, as a designer, my job is to make sure that what clients envision for their home is put in place. Not only aesthetically pleasing and functional but meets all the client's needs.

Quick notation: The client was leaning towards orange and did not want it too bright or too dark. In knowing this, I made sure that I picked a little from both. The room would still be open, inviting, and warm. Regardless, whether working with a simple or a complicated color palette, I am passionate about making sure that it works more than just great in a room – it must bring the entire space together cohesively, and the atmosphere must evoke that it is a precise fit. However, after the focal wall, which is considered a backdrop for the entire space was in place, it was time to make sure that all elements fit perfectly like a puzzle.

Moreover, I am always impressed when existing furniture can be easily revamped by adding simple details. The client’s new furniture arrangement helps with easy maneuvering throughout the space. The custom bookshelves, which displays objects purchased during the client’s military travels, gave way to ample intricate details. Also, the additional splashes of color are by incorporating accent pillows, window coverings, area rug, and decorative objects that work perfectly with the newly designed space.

Design Project: Creek Shoals Residence – Defined Focal Wall

Project Goal: Incorporate a dominant wall / exclude wall with TV and fireplace

Project Outcome: Warm and Inviting Family Room

Interior Design Studio: KCL-IDESIGN, LLC

Principal Interior Designer: Kimberly C. Lyons

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IMAGES: Photos taken by Inspiro 8 Studios and are the sole property of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC.

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio), and the Principal Designer. She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to partake of what is known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges, that she is recognized as a rare breed while splashing her signature touch when designing, which is considered extremely fun and exciting! However, besides being incredibly obsessed with extreme bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and the motivating phrase – “I dare you,” this overcharged and crazed interior designer lives for going outside the box and is not afraid to break irrelevant design rules. Her extraordinary obsessed passion for interior design comes from a deeply rooted philosophy, which is designing from within; from the soul, and it is always about living, breathing, and loving interior design!

Kimberly is addicted to chocolate, obsessed shopaholic, laughs hysterically just because, global traveler, football-crazed chick, head-over-heels in love with modernism, and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

Lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.

SIMPLE ROOM DESIGN: MODERNIZED POWDER ROOM

It took me a long time to figure out if I should even share this design project. I prefer to show the overall transformation of before and after, but due to losing pictures that I didn’t save for this project will require unique skills of being able to visualize, which will genuinely help while viewing this post. With that said, as a designer, one of the main assets that I try to pass along is to always inspire through my design. One of my obsessions, which continually fuels my passion for designing, and that is using color. To show or visualize what a lifeless room looks like before, and how when dealing with a variety of colors, the after picture will not only be inspiring but a powerful transcending tool to help motivate someone afraid of using color to jump-start their long-awaited projects.

However, for a moment, imagine a completely white room with only a sink, toilet, and a little bland, cheap square mirror that are typically in a newly built house. Moreover, nothing was exciting at all within this space, and it lacked character, interest, style, and appeal.

Design Project: Appleton Lane Residence – Modernized Powder Room

Project Goal: Incorporate the perfect color palette, but to show that modern design is even more beautiful when there is a host of colors competing for attention.

Project Outcome: Modern approach with a simple, and classic appeal.

Interior Design Studio: KCL-IDESIGN, LLC

Principal Interior Designer: Kimberly C. Lyons

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Five colors are featured, but there are six. I incorporated black paint that was left over from another project. It was added to create depth and give weight to the overall color palette. During the painting process, a drip technique was used to create a textured effect. Details of white and black were used to create a subtle contrast against the colorful backdrop. Also, the decor, which was intended to be simple, can be slightly seen with the chrome magazine rack below, along with the curly decorative branches.

IMAGES: Photos taken by Edie Ellison and are the sole property of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC.

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio), and the Principal Designer. She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to partake of what is known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges, that she is recognized as a rare breed while splashing her signature touch when designing, which is considered extremely fun and exciting! However, besides being incredibly obsessed with extreme bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and the motivating phrase – “I dare you,” this overcharged and crazed interior designer lives for going outside the box and is not afraid to break irrelevant design rules. Her extraordinary obsessed passion for interior design comes from a deeply rooted philosophy, which is designing from within; from the soul, and it is always about living, breathing, and loving interior design!

Kimberly is addicted to chocolate, obsessed shopaholic, laughs hysterically just because, global traveler, football-crazed chick, head-over-heels in love with modernism, and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

Lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.